Steaming to Bamboola - The World of a Tramp Freighter
by Buckley, Christopher
pub. by Congdon & Lattes - 1982     isbn 0865530394
(later reprinted by Penguin) - - 222 p - -
The author (son of Bill Buckley), after graduating from an ivy league school, signs on to be a sailor on a tramp steamer in 1979. He chronicles his trip, with wit and gains insight into the work-a-day world of American sailors on small general freight ships. American shipping is on decline, this book chronicles it from the inside. You might also want to read Looking for a Ship by John McPhee

to Books index page.